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Code CONF 512
Term 201701
Title Research Methods
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Conf. Analysis Res.(CONF)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Kerim Can Kavakl?,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Workshop,Seminar
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Project based learning

This course introduces research design and analysis and aims to expose them to ethical consideration in research and publishing. Students will learn techniques for gathering analysing and interpreting data. The techniques include laboratory and field experiments, simulation, surveys and sampling approaches, archival analysis, and ethnographic filed work. Both qualitative and quantitaive techniques are covered including an introduction to probability theory and statistical analysis. Students will also have experience with SPSS and qualitative computer programs.


The goal of this course is to help students form well-developed research questions and designs.

Learning Outcome

In this course students will learn the fundamental rules of scientific research and methods most commonly used in the field of conflict resolution. Upon completion, students will be able to describe the general features of laboratory and field experiments, surveys and sampling approaches, archival analysis, comparative case studies, evaluation research, action research and ethnographic field research. Lastly, students will be able to prepare a research proposal for their thesis committe as well as professional research institutions.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 4
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 5
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 4
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 5
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 5
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 5
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 2
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 2
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 3
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 5
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 5
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 3
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 3
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 1
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 5
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 5
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Eng. & Natural Sci.
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach. 1
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations. 3
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data. 2
Conflict Analysis and Resolution (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Analyze current and persistent conflict situations with an emphasis on perceptual and cultural aspects of social conflicts. 4
2 Conduct research in sources of conflicts and possible conflict resolution methods such as negotiation, third-party intervention, cooperative decision making, peace building, track-two and citizens? diplomacy applied to various social contexts. 4
3 Design and implement conflict resolution process to policy issues related to disputes in or among identity groups, governments, organizations, civil society or corporations. 4
4 Develop and sustain arguments in a variety of forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence. 5
European Studies (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Analyze historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. 1
2 Grasp the main dynamics of the European order, politically, historically and economically. 1
3 Explain the European integration process and the EU?s decision-making procedures and it?s institutions. 1
International Relations (non-thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Be informed about the design and implementation processes of international policies in Turkey and around the world. 2
2 Understand the historical development and current functioning of international structures and establishments. 2
3 Comprehend the structures, roles, and functions of international, regional and inter-governmental organizations. 2
4 Develop an understanding of the process of foreign policy making, along with its bureaucratic structure, actor-structure relationship, and the interaction with domestic political environment and actors; and to acquire the ability to appraise the effects thereof and to bring forth suggestions for improvement. 2
5 Obtain the scientific background and formation leading to advanced academic study. 5
Industrial Engineering (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate. 1
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome. 1
Public Policy (with thesis) Program Outcomes Area Electives
1 Understand the policy-making process in the contemporary world. 2
2 Contribute to the design of public policy using a multidisciplinary perspective in specific policy areas. 3
3 Develop ability to evaluate the impact of public policy. 3
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 25
Exam 50
Assignment 25
Recommended or Required Reading

Chapters from textbooks on statistics and research methods. Articles that use the methods discussed in class.